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Originally posted by caitlinfae
reply to post by jrmcleod
Thank you for the information...very useful as always. It wouldn't surprise me at all if this lasts all the way to Christmas, and living in a farming community, we hear all kinds of things from people here. Last week, farmers were talking about this cold spell lasting till the end of the year, and they have a talent for forecasting. I don't know how they work it out, or how they know, but they are rarely wrong. So yeah...long cold spell ahead.
Originally posted by CX
Originally posted by JakiusFogg
reply to post by PurpleDog UK
I caught this almost this time last year, when I noted from the trans Atlantic charts that the "Jet Stream" had changed.
Originally posted by Snarf79
This thread is completely pathetic, and clearly the person who has posted it has totally bought into the usual media over exaggerations of how bad everything is.
The police also play a part with their rubbish by stating we shouldnt go out unless absolutely neccessary.
The facts of the matter are that the majority of main/major roads are kept open and are largely clear of any really slippy snow. Yes most of the estates and small roads are pretty bad and precautions should be taken, but once people have actually got over the fact they may have to pick up a shovel and dig a car out, then they should be ok. It doesnt usually take very long. The other alternative, and the one i do, is to park my car off the estate and on a road close to mine, that doesnt get affected as much- If people can be bothered to walk a short distance, then maybe try that instead of ploughing onto your snow filled road every night and insisting on parking on your drive etc, then wonder why you get stuck??
The standard of driving is appalling. By all means slow down, but why cant people understant that a bit of wet slush on a road is not going to make your car lose traction. Its really just like driving in rain, although be careful on corners and bends, even in a lot of the slush.Why do people insist on driving at 3mph even in wet slush????Why, because they buy into all the crap the media pours down their throat every day, like the person who wrote this thread. I am very suprised you didnt get SARS or bird flu....were we not all supposed to die from that??
Proper snow does require a change in driving. Gently dabbing the accelerator and getting a general feel for the car and slip under the wheels is fairly easy, keep in low gear and no harsh movements of steering wheels. I dont profess to be an expert like some on here, but its not that hard.
The rubbish driving and panic brough on by the media/public services brings this country to its knees and the only reason why carnage and choas occurs is down to the fact that most people are just completely sucked into this garbage we have to now endure every winter.
Ill continue with my normal daily life and certainly wont panic and buy 50 loafs of bread, ten pints of milk and 50kg of spuds, quite simply because i can manage. The only thing that needs changes are the media and the govermental bodies that are often so far detached from real life they dont even know whats going on in the streets, let alone handle some snow and a lot of the general public that just behave like loons in a bit of bad weather.
Just roll with it!
(on for anyone reading - i come from the north east near newcastle - apparantly one of the worst places hit. Yes its fairly bad, but not as bas as what the good old media are portraying- For the person from the north east who posted earlier on saying it was up to your knees everywhere- please dont talk rubbish- its up to your knees on the estates and streets, which is pretty standard stuff......We have had winters like this before- winter of discontent in 1979 was just as bad, its nothing new. People got on with it then, why cant we do it now??)edit on 2-12-2010 by Snarf79 because: Forgot to add stuff
media over exaggerations of how bad everything is
Originally posted by stevcolx
I'm in North Africa at the moment and trying to get home after my month stint. Was supposed to leave yesterday. My back to back is now stuck in London waiting to travel here to relieve me. Was looking at some webcams of London and to be honest there isn't a lot of snow there. 1 foot deep they said. Is that all? The whole of London is basically shut down. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are shut and the rail system is at a standstill too.
I'm on my way back to Aberdeen where my my back to back just came from. In Aberdeen there is 2 - 3 feet of snow but Air Travel and Trains are still operating.
How in the hell can just a wee bit of snow shut down a whole city? The councils over there really need to give themselves a well earned slap in the face for that Fiasco.